When it comes to swimming, we’re aware of how chlorine can damage our skin and dry out our hair. The pungent odour is a harsh reminder of how toxic chlorine is.

Fish owners know that tap water contains toxic chemicals, in particular chloramine (a type of chlorine) that is extremely harmful to fish. However, we often fail to make the connection when it comes to our own health.

Sure, the government insists that chloramine is safe, and it does a brilliant job of ensuring that our tap water is not polluted by harmful microorganisms. But tap water has many dirty secrets that can impact our skin, hair and lungs, especially while bathing and showering.

Dermatitis, itchy scalp, sore eyes or skin rashes can occur due to the chlorine in the water. Chlorine essentially strips the hair and skin of nutrients, making it dry and brittle. Chloramine in water also produces disinfection byproducts (DBPs) that are toxic.

You could get water directly from a natural spring to avoid the chemicals that are added to tap water, but this is an unfeasible solution for most people. Thankfully there are ways to cleanse tap water and make it safer.

In this article, we’ll explore the chemicals that are found in tap water, if you can drink shower water,  and five steps that you can take to make your water purer.